Often times we feel
uncomfortable waiting. Just think about it for a minute…we get frustrated even
for the smallest things, like a line at the bank or the post office because “there
are a lot of things to get done and we have no time to waste.” It is even
harder for the new generations, because nowadays we are used to getting
everything faster than ever. You want to watch a movie at home? You don’t have
to make a trip to the store anymore because there are many services out there
to download movies at the touch of a button ….don’t like the TV ads? Don’t
worry, because there is a special feature to skip them. Even though it is good
that things are getting done faster these days, there is a lot to learn from
the experience of waiting and to gain from the virtues of patience and silence.
Do you know what Advent means? The word
Advent comes from the Latin adventus which means “to come”. In ancient times
this word was used to refer to the coming of a king to his people. The first
Christians used the same word to refer to the coming of the Lord among His
people. The season of Advent reminds us of two realities. First that God is
present in the world and in our lives, that His presence has not reached its
fullness, and that we are called to communicate His presence to others. The
second refers to the Lord’s second coming at the end of times.
In the Church’s Liturgical
Calendar we have time for everything: to celebrate, to repent, to convert, to
rejoice, to meditate, etc. You can live out the year with the Church by living
each season in unity with the whole community of believers and by taking
advantage of all the means that we have available to reach our goal of becoming
saints. A couple of weeks ago the Church invited us to reflect on the direction
our lives are taking and about the end of times. Then, the Feast of Christ the
King reminded us of the centrality of Christ in our lives. Now, during the
Advent Season we are reminded by John the Baptist to “Prepare the way of the
Lord, make straight his paths” (Lk 3:4) because Advent is a time for conversion
and prayer, in order to prepare for the Lord’s coming.
Today in our busy world
people tend to skip this season, celebrating Christmas before preparing for it.
It is hard to think of Advent as a time different from Christmas because
everything around us tells us that Christmas is already here! For example, what
kind of music do we hear on the radio since November?
Advent is a special time to
make a stop in our life’s journey and to think about how we are doing and what
we can do to get closer to Christ to welcome Him in the “manger” of our hearts.
How would you like to receive the Child Jesus this year? I invite you to make
this season of Advent a joyful time of active waiting and expectation of the
Lord. One of the ways you can do so is by thinking of something concrete you
can do to prepare your heart for Jesus, like doing an act of charity for
someone in need or offering up some kind of sacrifice and making a resolution
to do it during this time.
I hope you have a blessed
Advent, so that at Christmas Christ can be born again in your heart, and bear
abundant fruit in your life.
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